Mary Jane Seacole, née Grant, was a Jamaican-born woman of Scottish and Creole descent who set up a "British Hotel" behind the lines during the Crimean War, which she described as "a mess-table and comfortable quarters for sick and convalescent officers," and provided succour for wounded servicemen on the battlefield. She was posthumously awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit in 1991. In 2004 she was voted the greatest black Briton
November 20, 1973 The gravesite of Mary Seacole, a Jamaican nurse who served in the Crimean War, is restored in England. Traveling to the battlefield at her own expense, when her expert services are rejected by English authorities and Florence Nightingale, Seacole opens her own nursing hotel, which she operates by day, serving as a volunteer with Nightingale at night.
Mary Jane Seacole (1805 – 14 May 1881), sometimes known as Mother Seacole or Mary Grant, was a Jamaican nurse best known for her involvement in the Crimean War. She set up and operated boarding houses in Panama and the Crimea to assist in her desire to treat the sick. Seacole was taught herbal remedies and folk medicine by her mother, who kept a boarding house for disabled European soldiers and sailors.